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(May 19, 2011)--As part of College Week in San Antonio, UTSA President Ricardo Romo encourages UTSA community members to wear a UTSA t-shirt and our orange-and-blue on Friday, May 20 to show support for the pursuit of higher education. Students, employees and other supporters at colleges, universities, retailers and businesses across the city will wear college t-shirts on Friday.

College Week is an initiative of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to boost the idea of attending college. Events are scheduled throughout the week, culminating in College Signing Day at the AT&T Center at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 22. UTSA President Ricardo Romo, UTSA mascot Rowdy and representatives from other area colleges and universities will be part of the Sunday event.

"The mayor sees this as a great way to plant the seed of earning a college degree in the next generation, and I agree 100 percent," said Romo. "Due to my parents' expectations, I automatically knew college was the next step for me. And, if we can encourage that type of commitment citywide and help our young students navigate the process of attending university, I know we can transform the educational level of our city within the next 10 years."

On Monday, Castro kicked off of College Week at Cafe College in downtown San Antonio. The initiative, which the mayor organized with Cafe College, the San Antonio Education Partnership and Generation TX, is "a great way of telling the next generation of students that this is what we expect, this is what we want for you," said Castro. "Getting and education is the key to fulfilling your dreams."

"We want to enshrine and celebrate academic accomplishment the same way we do athletic accomplishment," said the mayor. "It's a great way of telling the next generation of students that this is what we expect, this is what we want for you. We want to create a city of tremendous opportunity in the 21st century."

Cafe College is a city resource where students can get information on how to apply for college and financial aid. At Cafe College, the San Antonio Education Partnership College Access and success advisers provide assistance with these key services:

  • College admission assistance
  • Financial aid guidance
  • Career exploration
  • College applications
  • Advising
  • SAT and ACT preparation

>> Read a May 17 San Antonio Express-News story on College Week.


College Week events

  • Thursday all day: Encourage a young person to go to college
  • Thursday, 6 p.m.: Workshop on transferring from a two-year to a four-year institution at Cafe College
  • Friday all day: Wear a college t-shirt
  • Friday, 6 p.m.: Movie night at Cafe College
  • Saturday, 11 a.m.: Battle of the Bands competition at Cafe College
  • Sunday, 1 p.m.: College Signing Day at the AT&T Center, hosted by Mayor Julian Castro and the San Antonio Spurs. The winner of the Battle of the Bands will perform.



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building 1.124 (Southwest Room), Durango Building

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building Room 2.03.15-18, Main Campus

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